Melissa Rausch '96 is the Women's Lacrosse Coach, and Assistant Men's Lacrosee Coach at Nichols College.
Melissa Rausch '96, has a unique career. She is a female, coaching a college men's team. Hear what inspires Melissa, and how Notre Dame Academy helped her to become the woman that she is today.
“I have been lucky enough in my career to have the confidence to never think something is not possible. I ask “Why and Why Not” all the time. Being one of the very few female college coaches on a men’s sideline in all of college sports is a great example of that. There was a job opening and instead of thinking, 'I can’t because I am a woman', I thought 'why no?' I have never let my gender define me, instead I have just become the best coach I can be and work as hard as I can in every opportunity I have. NDA instilled that thought process in me at such a young age, I don’t know if I have ever thought any other way. I try to instill that in all the student athletes I am lucky enough to come in contact with.”